Who doesn’t enjoy something sweet after dinner?
I think it’s a common fallacy that in life we are either “healthy” and dieting, or alternatively “unhealthy” and eating whatever we like, including that chocolate bar after dinner. I honestly think that this couldn’t be more wrong. Who says that we can’t eat nutritious foods, without being on a diet? Why do we have to label foods to be “bad” and place them on a forbidden food list? The truth is that you can be healthy without being on a diet! And you definitely don’t need a forbidden food list (unless there are medical reasons for doing so eg allergies/ celiac disease etc).
I truly believe the more restrictive we are with food, the more we are sabotaging our own nutrition. Don’t get me wrong, I would be highly concerned if you were eating take away every single night, followed up with a tub of ice cream. But who says we can never eat chocolate? or ice cream? or your favourite pastry from the local bakery? Sure we don’t really want to eat these things every single day, but I can almost guarantee that if I told you that you had to completely stop these foods, they would become the forefront of your mind, and you would be craving them like crazy. Hence the issue many people face with highly restrictive dieting.
Alongside this, I also believe it is important to find nutrient dense foods that are both tasty and are something that you enjoy eating. There is no reason for you to fill your plate with a whole bunch of foods that you really don’t like, when I can guarantee there are foods that you do enjoy that can be filled with amazing nutrients. As a nutritionist, I love the challenge of recreating common household recipes/snacks and adding as many nutrients as possible. Today I am sharing a recipe of mine that I really enjoy as an “after dinner mint”. I have loved chocolate my entire life but I have discovered a way to meet my chocolate desires, while providing my body with amazing nutrients at the same time- the best of both worlds! These bliss balls can also be a great snack option!
Chocolate Mint Bliss Balls Recipe
(Makes about 16)
200g almond meal
3 Tbs raw cacao powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 drops of peppermint essential oils or 2 tsp peppermint extract
3 Tbs pure maple syrup
- Line baking tray with paper
- Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl (or food processor) and mix until well combined.
- Scoop 1 heaped tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball
- Place the balls on the lined baking tray and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
This recipe can be made in bulk and frozen for convenience.
Tip: Slightly wet hands prior to rolling each bliss balls to prevent the mixture sticking to your hands.